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  • Summary: After her daughter is injured in a horseback riding accident, a sophisticated New York woman (Thomas) desperately seeks the help of a Montana horse whisperer (Redford) to help her daughter and the horse recover from the trauma.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Joshua Klein
    90
    With solid, stately acting, and landscapes that could convert atheists, The Horse Whisperer tugs heartstrings without seeming self-conscious.
  2. 88
    A film as rich in its visual presentation as it is in its emotional resonance.
  3. A handsome and effective-if over-long-tear-jerker about thwarted love between grown-ups who should know better.
  4. 60
    The sticking point of the movie is its exorbitant length: two and three-quarter hours does seem like an awful long time to patch up a horse, and a movie that goes straight for your heart should not be allowed to fester.
  5. 60
    Curl your cynical lip if you want, but there's a place for heartwarming, life-affirming, even weepy dramas, and Robert Redford brings the best-selling novel about a traumatized teen and her wounded horse to the screen with dignity and restraint.
  6. Redford's storytelling skills aren't strong enough to make the tale appear as seamless as it should.
  7. Reviewed by: Jeff Giles
    30
    It's punishingly dull for fully half of its two hours and 45 minutes.

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